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Velvety, incredibly cheesy, and delightfully lavish Keto Mac and Cheese crafted using cauliflower, bacon, and cheddar cheese! Even if you’re following a Low Carb or Keto regimen, there’s no need to abandon the nostalgic comfort of your beloved childhood dish.

What is Cauliflower Mac & Cheese?

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese presents a low-carb adaptation of the classic comfort food typically crafted with pasta. Here, tender cauliflower florets step into the spotlight, replacing traditional macaroni to maintain a minimal carb content. A definite must-sample for individuals adhering to a ketogenic diet or those aiming to reduce carbohydrate intake.

I’m well aware – truly, I am – that cauliflower doesn’t transform into macaroni, potatoes, or rice. Yet, it remarkably stands in as a substitute for all these staples. Have you experienced the goodness of my Loaded Mashed Cauliflower? Or savored my Chicken and Cauliflower Rice? If not, give them a go! You’ll come to appreciate how cauliflower comes to the rescue for those endeavoring to curtail their carb consumption.

How to Prepare Keto Mac and Cheese

For those yearning for macaroni and cheese but avoiding real pasta, Keto Mac and Cheese offers a delectable solution. Embrace tender cauliflower, crispy bacon, and an ultra-creamy cheese sauce – allow me to explain:

  1. Begin by adding cauliflower florets to a pot of boiling water. Cover and cook for approximately 8 minutes, until the florets turn tender. Drain and set them aside.
  2. In the same pot used for boiling cauliflower, combine milk and softened cream cheese. Gently whisk until the cream cheese is fully melted. This pot serves a dual purpose, both for cooking cauliflower and preparing the sauce.
  3. Incorporate garlic powder, chili powder, dried herbs, salt, and pepper into the sauce, whisking them together. Gradually add the shredded cheddar cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese. Stir until the sauce turns smooth, then introduce the drained cauliflower.
  4. Transfer the cauliflower mixture to a 9×13 baking dish, and bake it uncovered for around 18 to 20 minutes. This will render it hot and bubbling. For a delightful crunch, consider adding a topping of pork rind panko crumbs.
  5. Meanwhile, dice a few bacon slices and fry them until crispy.
  6. Once the baking is complete, take the casserole out of the oven, layer it with the prepared bacon, and serve.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese boasts rich flavors and an incredibly creamy consistency, all without the need for flour – making it a gluten-free option. The message is clear: don’t bid farewell to comfort food solely due to dietary restrictions.

Tips and Alternatives:

  • Cauliflower Texture: Avoid overcooking the cauliflower to prevent it from turning mushy. Aim for a tender yet slightly firm texture to mirror the traditional macaroni’s bite.
  • Creamy Sauce: To prevent a grainy cheese sauce, add cheese gradually, ensuring each portion is fully melted before adding more.
  • Cheese Choices: Ensure the cream cheese is softened to prevent curdling. If you seek variety, other shredded cheeses like Gruyere, Gouda, or Monterey Jack can be substituted.
  • Seasonings: Feel free to personalize the spice blend by using your preferred herbs and seasonings.
  • Toppings: Experiment with toppings; while the recipe suggests crispy bacon, alternatives like sautéed onions, chives, or extra cheese can be delightful substitutes.

If you enjoy this recipe why not checkout our light snack recipe for kale chips.